I have been involved in HEInnovate from the very beginning, and now I have used it in my university for more than three years. Since 2014, I have been working as leader of action plan for LUT Entrepreneurship Strategy. My doctoral thesis was about measuring entrepreneurship (enterprise) education, and I am very interested, still, in that topic. Furthermore, for the past fifteen years, I have worked in the field of further education for teachers, and I regularly run workshops and training session about entrepreneurial pedagogy.
Milena Stoycheva is the CEO of JA Bulgaria and The Edge: R&BD and Visiting Professor with the EIT Digital Master School in I&E (Innovation and Entrepreneurship). Entrepreneur and educator, she is passionate about the importance of education and the opportunity for young people to develop their talents and discover their future as entrepreneurs. Milena is an executive with more than 20 years of experience in international organizations and companies, who has also served as the Chair of the Global Member Council of JA Worldwide and Senior Adviser of Higher Education of JA Europe. She has participated in the “start up” of the American University in Bulgaria and a few of her own ventures; served on the entrepreneurship and science core group of several corporate partners like Intel, HP, etc.; worked for a while as a journalist with AP television; as well as mentored and coached teams in different training programs on business development and technology entrepreneurship. She is a member of the expert group with DG Education and Culture and OECD on entrepreneurship and innovation in higher education. In the last five years, she has been delivering courses in innovation, business development and digital transformation for some of the EIT Digital master and doctoral school programs in Europe. She likes to pursue and develop new ventures and feels confident that there is a place for crazy dreamers and “fire” starters in our society. She has degrees from Bulgarian and US universities.
István Vilmos Kovács
Istvan is a member of the HEInnovate expert group and he contributed as the national expert to the HEInnovate Hungary review. Istvan has been working on the development of the entrepreneurial culture of higher education institutions (HEIs) for years. Based on his experience with HEIs there is a great potential of actions with impact on entrepreneurship and innovation. Identifying key players, supporting the networking of those who have been or would act in this field are the first steps. He found that a common knowledge base and a knowledge sharing culture is a further area that might be crucial, including the need for evidence based self-reflection. Istvan also has significant expertise in internationalisation, and is a strong supporter of mobilising the talent and enthusiasm of students, who represent an often-unused resource for the HEIs to foster transformation. Istvan led several projects from creating strategic commitment to well targeted financial tools in order to improve innovation capacity of higher education institutions.
Ana has a Phd in Business and Economics, with a thesis about Operational risk in banking and focussed on internal and audit control for years. She moved on to the entrepreneurship world when she started to be part of the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) team in Cantabria in 2008. During her time as Vice-dean at the Faculty of Business and Economics from 2010-2014 she was in charge to organise the First International Encounter of Experts on Entrepreneurship (I EEEE). This represented the seed for the creation of Cantabria Emprendedora, a governmental platform to connect and help entrepreneurs and the CISE (Centre International Santander Entrepreneurship). This is a public-private initiative among the Bank of Santander and the University and Government of Cantabria. Since 2013 she has been the Executive Director of the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) Spain Network and the Director of the Master in Entrepreneurship at the University of Cantabria. As the Head of the Entrepreneurship Area of the SME Chair, her main research interest areas are education and social entrepreneurship, where she has published several articles, directed thesis, master projects and recently edited a book with 45 authors from six different countries. She also organised the II and III EEEE, a HEInnovate Workshop in Cantabria and participated in the majority of HEInnovate Expert meetings.
Oto Hudec has a background in statistical and evaluation methods and has almost 20 years of experience in the management of education and development at the Faculty of Economics. At the same time, he also works as a head of the Institute of Regional and Community Development since 2002. At present, he is a full professor in the field of public administration and regional development. HEInnovate is a tool that has the potential to trigger changes in the transformation of the HEIs and in boosting their role in regional innovation systems and local entrepreneurial ecosystems. Oto has long-term experience in strategic planning and implementation of innovation in universities and bridging them with entrepreneurial entities and public administration. He is devoted to using the HEInnovate guiding framework in favor of formulating and implementing an entrepreneurial strategic university vision.
Mikkel is an international consultant supporting organisations developing their entrepreneurial potential and societal impact. Mikkel has led the implementation of the EIT Climate-KIC entrepreneurship programmes across the Nordic countries developing a portfolio of +150 high-impact startups, attracting more that EUR 130m in capital. Mikkel founded several entrepreneurial organisation and programmes, including the incubator at Copenhagen University and the award-winning initiative, Copenhagen Innovation and Entrepreneurship Lab (CIEL). Mikkel became involved in HEInnovate in 2013 and has held numerous HEInnovate workshops, talks and train-the-trainer sessions all over Europe since. Mikkel is a long-term member of the HEInnovate expert group, and he is a certified Climate Impact Forecasting trainer (https://impact-forecast.com/). He has unique experience in entrepreneurial leadership, organisational development, entrepreneurial teaching, supporting entrepreneurs and measuring impact. Mikkel has a genuine passion for supporting breakthrough innovation with scalable impact and he has completed several executive programmes including the Entrepreneurial University Leaders Program at Oxford University.
Pedro Manuel Saraiva
Pedro has significant experience in Innovation and Entrepreneurship, including teaching and management roles played at the University of Coimbra, after having completed his PhD at MIT. He has participated in several HEInnovate Expert Meetings, workshops and was strongly involved in the HEInnovate Country Review conducted for Poland. Having over 2o years of experience in teaching Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Science Based Entrepreneurship, he was also the Vice-Rector of the University of Coimbra in charge of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, as well as advisor to the President of Portugal for Higher Education and Member of Parliament. In addition, he has founded and nurtured the creation of several start-ups and organisations. He is the author of a textbook in Portuguese about Entrepreneurship, which is now in its third edition.
Nadine is the founder of BCS Consultancy Services, a consultancy company specialising in advice and expertise on EU policies and EU programmes in higher education. Nadine advises on higher education strategic developments, leadership and governance, internationalisation, regional innovation and quality enhancement. She has directed and completed a large number of evaluations and policy studies in the field of higher education and national quality assurance in higher education. Since December 2013 she is an expert for HEInnovate the EU-OECD entrepreneurial framework for universities. Nadine has been involved in many consultation exercises on EU policy and programme developments in higher education and has been on many stakeholders and expert groups. She has more than twenty years’ experience with EU education programmes (Comett, Erasmus, Socrates, Tempus, Lifelong Learning, Erasmus Mundus). Nadine has facilitated a wide range of European conferences and workshops, among many others on benchmarking internationalisation, modernising higher education governance and developing regional innovation, with academic and administrative leaders and managers at all levels in universities.
Prof Paul D. Hannon
Paul has been engaged with HEInnovate since its conception and has supported its growth and development including the development of the training materials during the past five years. He has undertaken institutional reviews using the HEInnovate framework and worked with institutions internationally who have been seeking to become more entrepreneurial. He has previously worked in three universities and prior to his current role he was CEO of the UK’s National Centre for Entrepreneurship in Education. He is the 2016 European Entrepreneurship Education Laureate and now focus on developing entrepreneurial leaders in education and in business.
Strategist, innovation and science manager, teacher, researcher, mentor and entrepreneur. He is the Executive Director of the Center for Business Innovation at Porto Business School, University of Porto and Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation. He was founder and coordinator of Porto Design Factory, at the Polytechnic of Porto (part of Design Factory Global Network and Stanford University Global Alliance for Redesign). He was the scientific coordinator of the "ME310 STANFORD / PORTO" Programme, an Executive Masters in Product and Service Innovation, in partnership with 19 universities from all over the world, where he developed product and service innovation activities with companies such as Ikea Industry, Sonae, Nokia, Generali, Philip Morris International, Ford. He was also the creator and manager of several start-up acceleration programmes. He is a researcher on Strategic and Organisational Communication, working on topics such as Exponential Organisations, Digital Transformation or the Future of Work.
Adina first attended an HEInnovate workshop and training in August 2015, given the initial interest of Babeș-Bolyai University in assessing and subsequently developing internationalisation. Adina since became a member of the HEInnovate expert group. Over the past years, she has been active in delivering workshops and presentations on the HEInnovate self-assessment tool to academic institutions in Romania and Turkey, expanding her fields of interest and expertise towards leadership, innovation and governance.
The Scottish Institute for Enterprise (SIE) is a national organisation that supports enterprise education and student entrepreneurship in all of Scotland's universities and colleges. Fiona’s role at SIE is both strategic and operational. She advises on institutional strategy and operational policies, and she also has practical experience of delivering enterprise education and start up advice. Prior to her role at SIE, Fiona worked in the biotechnology sector, and she draws on her industry experience to provide relevance to her current role. She has served on a number of advisory groups related to enterprise and entrepreneurship education, and she is a past board member of Enterprise Educators UK and a member of Entrepreneurial Scotland, ensuring that SIE plays a vital connecting role between academia and business within Scotland's entrepreneurial ecosystem. Fiona has been involved with the HEInnovate expert group since 2014, and has run a number of HEInnovate workshops, for single and multiple higher education institutions.
Since 2013 Steve is manager of the student-entrepreneurship centre DO! (Durf Ondernemen) at Ghent University. Where he is active both as business coach for student-entrepreneurs and as challenger of entrepreneurial thinking within Ghent University. He started working at Ghent University with the mission ‘to make the university entrepreneurial’. HEInnovate has been a very important tool for him in this, and helped boosting the process of change in the Ghent city ecosystem. Before entering Ghent University, Steve worked at University College Ghent as a teaching assistant, business coach and staff member. In this way, he got to understand the diverse roles existing within Higher Education. Steve was (co-)founder of several creativity boosting and/or entrepreneurship oriented programs in Higher Education such as IntEntSem and SportsIDMarathon. He is used to facilitate workshops & brainstorm sessions and was one of the coaches in the first edition of HEI Hack in Portugal. Steve has experience with coordinating EFRD programmes, cooperated in a Knowledge Alliance pilot project (EUEN), works in the field of entrepreneurship on city level with the cooperation 'Gentrepreneur' and represents Ghent University in the Flemish Forum for Entrepreneurial Higher Education (Forum OhO). Steve is an expert for HEInnovate and gladly helps to further spread the spirit of innovation in (European) Higher Education!
Annmarie is the Programme Director and a Business Studies Lecturer at the Dundalk Institute of Technology, Ireland. She is a member of the EU HEInnovate Expert Facilitators Group and has broad experience with using HEInnovate. She implemented the HEInnovate tool in the School of Business and Humanities in Dundalk Institute of Technology in 2015 and again in 2017. Annmarie has spoken about the experience of using the HEInnovate tool to the higher education institutions in Scotland, at Dublin City University and at conferences and events in Brussels. She delivered a workshop on how to use HEInnovate and why you would use it, to the 3E ECSB Conference in Cork in 2017. Annmarie advocates for the use of HEInnovate in higher education institutions, believing that it can be of benefit to the institutions as well as to their many stakeholders, in particular their students.
Ester Bernadó is committed to higher education and life-long learning. She has held several positions in the university such as International Coordinator, Director of Bachelor’s Programs, Director of a Research Group in Data Mining, and Coordinator of Entrepreneurship. She has been involved in several projects promoting the transformation of higher education institutions and has designed and participated in several innovative learning and teaching methodologies. Ester is currently teaching creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship in several bachelor’s degrees on business administration and engineering. Her classes are intended to awake the spirit of entrepreneurship among students, develop their skills and competences, together with the necessary knowledge to start-up businesses. She also participates and co-organizes workshops on entrepreneurship in international settings in collaboration with several European Universities. She has recently joined HEInnovate expert group, from where she can provide expertise on teaching and learning strategies, on how to prepare entrepreneurs, and how to align the organisation capacity to foster innovative institutions. Her background on data analytics can also help design strategies to measure impact. She also participated as mentor in HEI Hack, an initiative of Porto Design Factory where students contributed to their higher institution based on HEInnovate dimensions.
Klaus is passionate about entrepreneurship and believes that an entrepreneurial society will create a better world. As Universities play a key role in educating young people to think more entrepreneurial, HEInnovate is a fantastic tool for all Universities not only to learn about the nature of an entrepreneurial University and to set up corresponding activities but also to learn from each other and to create an international community. Therefore, Klaus initiated coneeectU to bring educators of the HEInnovate community together to share experience and to co-create education programmes around Europe. Klaus holds a PhD in physics and is a serial entrepreneur. He is professor at University of Applied Sciences in Munich and CEO of the Strascheg Center for Entrepreneurship. In addition he is a co-founder of the Social Entrepreneurship Akademie and of the think tank "Denkfabrik Gründerhochschulen", an initiative of the entrepreneurial Universities of Germany.
Maciej has specialism in developing entrepreneurial strategies for higher education institutions, and he is currently finishing PhD on the entrepreneurial transformation of higher education institutions. He has been a member of the HEInnovate Expert Group since 2014, coordinated the HEInnovate country review in Poland as well as participated in the country review in the Netherlands. His main area of expertise is development, implementation and evaluation of entrepreneurial agenda of higher education institutions via teaching and learning, institutional strategies and policies, which is supported by his background in external and internal quality assurance in higher education. Maciej has also conducted HEInnovate workshops for awareness raising and institutional development purposes over the past years. Currently he holds the position of the Chair of the Certification Group of the European Consortium for Accreditation in Higher Education, and he is responsible for development of the Certificate for Quality of Internationalisation. He is also a member of the Accreditation Council of the Accreditation Council for Engaged and Entrepreneurial Universities.
Bárbara Coelho Gabriel
An enthusiastic user of HEInnovate, Barbara Gabriel implemented it already twice in the Department of Mechanical Engineering of the University of Aveiro with two distinct target groups. HEInnovate is the catalyst for change and for several actions in the institution. The initiatives are focused on engineering education with impact at the rector level, namely, the creation of a Science and Engineering Education Group and the promotion of the project E3@UA – Excellence in Engineering Education at University of Aveiro that involved all the engineering academic staff and students. HEInnovate will be also used as reinforcement of the University-Society Cooperation under the scope of engineering education.